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12th October 2015
Babeş-Bolyai University started as a Jesuit Major College (Collegium Maius, corresponding to a university), founded by Prince Stephen Báthory in 1581. The language of education was, at that time, Latin. The present university brings together the cultural, scientific and religious heritage of Transylvania, which was admired and described by Voltaire, Racine, Comenius and William Penn. This university – the greatest and the most complex one in Romania – embodies the academic tradition of Transylvania, whose heritage represents the basis for today’s multicultural and multilingual profile, which is established by the University Charter.
Babeş-Bolyai University includes faculties, departments, branch campus colleges, libraries, laboratories, research units, museums, student houses. It also includes the technical and administrative services, the publishing house, the printing press and other experimental units, such as training and leisure grounds.
Babeş-Bolyai University has a very rich offer of complete studies in the three major mother tongues (Romanian, Hungarian, German) and in other languages (English, French, Italian, Norwegian, Russian, Ukrainian), as well as a wide offer of programmes related to other major cultures (Jewish, Chinese, Japanese, American). These are not merely language programmes, but multicultural ones in the proper sense of the term; in addition to language courses, they offer knowledge about the structure, the real life and the history of the specific societies, as well as about their representative achievements.
Today, Babeş-Bolyai University offers one of the most diverse multilingual and multicultural programmes in Europe. Every level of these programmes enjoys full autonomy, according to prevailing European practices. Last but not least, owing to its training system for teachers, economists, engineers, lawyers, artists, sportsmen and theologians, Babeş-Bolyai University establishes the framework for dialogue between the great cultural profiles: religious and secular; scientific and theological; European, American and Asian.
For all the above-mentioned reasons, Babeş-Bolyai University is the best choice for the organization of the ICYS in April 2016, as it is a true “melting pot” that mixes different research fields and cultures. We are looking forward to welcoming you at our university and we wish you a very productive and fruitful conference!
Professor Ioan-Aurel Pop, Ph.D.
Member of the Romanian Academy